TOM THE DANCING BUG: Is "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" a TRUE STORY? (Yes, and you're living it.)

By Ruben Bolling

Published 12:00 pm Wed, Aug 10, 2011

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32 Responses to “TOM THE DANCING BUG: Is "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" a TRUE STORY? (Yes, and you're living it.)”

  1. Percival Dunwoody says:

    I once went back to the mid-19th century, where some British fellow said I was an ape.  I gave him such a throttling, I heard he delayed the publication of some idiotic book on the subject some 20 years.   -Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time-Traveler From 1909

  2. GuyInMilwaukee says:

    The proof that humans were not once apes is that there are apes. Humans were always humans.. just a simpler form as in Michele Bachmann and Sean Hannity. Someone needs to push the evolution button over at Fox.
    As the great Brion Gysin once said; “Man is bad animal”.

    • Artor says:

      Just like you can tell Americans didn’t come from Europe because there are still Europeans. (Insert the nationality of your ancestors here) That makes perfect sense, right?

  3. Mujokan says:

    And so, life returned to normal, or at least as normal as it gets on this primitive dirtball inhabited by psychotic apes.

  4. nemryn says:

    Wait, I thought humans were most closely related to chimpanzees, not apes. Am I misinformed? Is my taxonomic knowledge lacking?

    • Brainspore says:

      Frankly, yes. Chimps and humans are both apes.

    • NelC says:

      Chimps are apes, as are gorillas, orang-utans and bonobos.

    • chellberty says:

      I was too late to answer this question darn realtime comment update.
      Chimpanzees are “great” apes so are you, orangutans and gorillas

      The debate is still ongoing it is between chimps, orangutans and bonobo, I think.

  5. ill lich says:

    “Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!”– you wouldn’t be saying that if he was preening you and inspecting for parasites, ungrateful Australopithecine.

  6. lknope says:

    Humans are the third chimpanzee.  (The other 2 being chimp chimps and bonobo chimps.)  Humans are most closely related to bonobo chimps.  And nelc is correct, Apes are Humans, Chimps, Gorillas and Orangatans.


    2 million years ago in Africa climate change causes a drought.  Drought reduces marginal forests inhabited by Australopithecines.  Australopithecines are forced to spend more time on the ground between stands of trees.  Most are eaten by large predators.  A few fleet footed ones survive.  They evolve longer legs, shorter feet and sprinting.  Once freed of arboreal life they have their hands free to care for young born helpless.  Brains can now evolve in complexity since infants are protected while their brains continue to grow after birth.  Big brains + terrestrial environment = homo apes.

    • Mujokan says:

      I believe one explanation is that competing monkeys (close enough) evolved to eat green fruit, forcing us out.

  8. B A says:

    The simplest definition if I recall correctly, is that apes have no tails, whereas monkeys do.

  9. jtegnell says:

    Look, guys, it’s all about descent.

    Iknope: humans are exactly equally related to chimps and bonobos. All three of us have the same common ancestor, but chimps and bonobos have a more recent common ancestor.

    B A: That’s a poor definition, because that would make Barbary macaques apes.

  10. RobertC says:

    jtegnell: Also mandrills, which is so risible it makes me chortle.

  11. JoshP says:

       i don’t know if the phrase is still used as such, but the ‘great apes’ refer to humans, chimps, gorillas, etc to seperate us from the lesser apes.  Those being lemurs, lorises and the insy cutsy tarsiers.  Thats what they were teaching in intro to physical anthropology when I was in school.
      @rossindetroit that would be an excellent way to start a flame war among physical anthropologists :)

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      Lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers are primates, but they’re not apes.  Gibbons and siamangs are the lesser apes, if I remember correctly.

  12. Josh Burns says:

    Now that we know we’re Apes… what do we do about it? I have an idea… but I’d be criticized for it… and I can’t stand criticism. I point to Charlton Heston’s love of guns, and I point to his hatred of Apes. That’s all.

  13. Nater says:

    Gibbons are funky. Which is why I do the Funky Gibbon on a daily basis.

    Couldn’t care less about siamangs thought..

  14. Singe says:

    If cardinals become popes, why are there still cardinals?

  15. Look at frame 5. The outline of a “long necked” dinosaur is clearly visible. Here we have incontrovertible proof that people co-existed with dinosaurs. I hope this puts an end to the myth of evolution once and for all! That damn dirty ape Darwin should be ashamed of himself….

    • MadMolecule says:

      Nonsense.  That’s the hand and forearm of the human whose head is visible nearby.  

      What this actually proves is that humans killed off all the dinosaurs before this picture was drawn.

  16. wizardru says:

    It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true.

  17. PrivatizeThis says:

    When I was a really young kid, I used to imagine what it would be like to be an ape…and then I found out that I had been one all along. It was the greatest day of my six-year-old life. Thanks, public school education.

  18. Kevin Street says:

     @boingboing-2f73168bf3656f697507752ec592c437:disqus  : Balancing on two legs meant that Charlie and our ancestors needed to develop a wider pelvis. That allowed for babies with bigger heads, and (except in the case of my next door neighbor) bigger brains. It also freed up a lot of neural connections that had previously been used for spacial positioning in three dimensions. When selection pressures later favoured the development of language, the no longer needed branch swinging neurons were co-opted into speech functions. It’s amazing how everything fitted together.

  19. Halloween Jack says:

    I’m not descended from an ape–I just look like I am because of this meat suit that I wear over my hyperalloy metal endoskeleton. That way, nobody knows I’m a cyborg from the future. I’ve got another suit that makes me look like an asari, it’s pretty sexy.

  20. Stefan Jones says:

    Any naturally sapient species is going to have animalistic baggage of some sort or another, and get disgusted with itself somewhere along the way. Those with cinema-making powers will no doubt make movies about alternate scenarios.

    • Gulliver says:

      Any naturally sapient species is going to have animalistic baggage of
      some sort or another, and get disgusted with itself somewhere along the

      I think perhaps the term you were looking for was ‘atavistic’ baggage. We are still entirely animals.